Journal/Book/Conference Title Title
Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Journal
Understanding a symbolic procedure means far more than “getting the right answer.” A mathematical symbolic procedure or written skill involves step-bystep thinking that leads from a computational problem to a solution. Memorizing this step-by-step procedure may enable a student to answer the problem, even answer it correctly. Yes, that is important, but understanding means much more.
Department of Mathematics
Original Publication Date
UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library
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Rathmell, Edward C., "Meaningful Distributed Instruction— Conceptual Previews For Symbolic Procedures" (2010). Faculty Publications. 9.